We are lucky to have 56 different varieties in the UK and Ireland. They are a fundamentally important part of the ecosystem. Where you find lots of butterflies you find lots of invertebrates. They have fascinating life cycles and one of the best ways to teach children from a young age about the natural world. A well-planned garden will attract around 20 species of butterflies. Again, planting in blocks or bold drifts will bring more of them into the garden and they don’t like to move around the garden to find food. Spring flowers are vital for the butterflies coming out of hibernation and Autumnal flowers help them build up their reserves for winter. Also think about a fruit table which can be a bird table laid out with cut fruit of those spoiled apples and pears that you won’t use. The red admirals and painted ladies will especially thank you.